When you suffer an injury because of someone else’s negligent actions or wrongful behavior, they should pay for your damages – not your or your loved ones. You deserve compensation for your losses, and Christensen Law will fight to ensure you get it.
Our legal team has advocated for clients across Michigan for over 30 years. Our Wyoming personal injury lawyers know what it takes to secure a full and fair settlement or verdict, and our law firm has the dedication and resources to support you every step of the way. Contact us at 248-900-9000 for a free consultation. A team member is available 24/7 to take your call.
Do You Have a Personal Injury Claim in Wyoming, MI?
You may have grounds for a personal injury claim or lawsuit if you or a loved one were hurt in an accident you did not cause. Common causes of personal injuries include the following:
- Car accidents
- Truck accidents
- Motorcycle collisions
- Pedestrian accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Bus crashes
- Boating collisions
- Construction accidents
- Workplace accidents
- Slip and falls, dog bite injuries, and other premises liability issues
- Wrongful death
Our firm handles cases involving the above incidents. We also have experience serving clients with severe and catastrophic injury claims. We can help if you or your loved one suffered one of the following:
- Head injuries or traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
- Spinal cord injuries (SCIs)
- Neck and back injuries
- Whiplash injuries
- Burn injuries
- Loss of hearing, vision, or speech
- Broken bones
- Internal bleeding
- Organ damage
Recoverable Personal Injury Compensation in Michigan
Many variables are unique to you and your case that will affect how much personal injury compensation you can pursue, including the type of accident you suffered, the extent of your injuries, and the length of your physical recovery.
Our personal injury attorneys serving Wyoming, MI, will work to maximize your financial awards while reducing your legal burden. In general, we will seek the following compensation:
- Economic damages. Economic damages are tangible losses related to your accident, injury, and recovery. They include your current and future medical expenses, lost wages, earnings, and employment benefits, and lost future earning capacity. Economic awards may also include miscellaneous expenses, such as rental car fees, household services, and medically necessary home and vehicle modifications.
- Non-economic damages. Non-economic damages are also referred to as compensation for pain and suffering. They award victims for intangible losses, including physical and chronic pain, permanent and disabling injuries, scarring, disfigurement, mental anguish, emotional distress, loss of enjoyment, and diminished quality of life.
- Wrongful death damages. If your loved one suffered a fatal injury, our wrongful death lawyers can assist their personal representative (executor) with a claim for compensation on behalf of qualifying survivors. Awards may include medical bills, funeral and burial expenses, loss of the deceased’s income and future financial support, and loss of the deceased’s services, care, and companionship.
- Punitive damages. In rare cases, victims could receive punitive damages when a defendant has acted with gross negligence, malice, or intent to harm. We can tell you more about whether you may be eligible for these awards.
Our Law Firm Has Recovered Multimillion-Dollar Settlements and Verdicts
Dealing with a serious injury is difficult enough without the added stress of your accident-related costs. Our firm will work tirelessly to secure every cent owed to you, ensuring you have the resources to care for yourself and your loved ones while you heal.
We prioritize securing full and fair compensation above obtaining speedy resolutions. Our legal team prepares every case for court and will pursue it all the way to trial to get the economic justice you deserve. Our case results include the following settlements and verdicts:
- A record-setting $17.8 million jury verdict for the victim of a truck vs. car wreck
- A $9.5 million award for a motorcycle accident victim who lost their leg in a collision involving a passenger vehicle
- A $4.55 million award for the family of a wrongful death victim who died due to an electrocution injury
- A $4.197 million award for an auto accident victim who suffered a brain injury
- A $2 million insurance settlement for a bicycle accident victim
- A $1.2 million jury verdict for a pedestrian accident victim
What Role Will Insurance Play in Your Wyoming, MI, Personal Injury Case?
Many personal injury cases begin with an insurance claim. However, Michigan’s insurance laws can get complicated when it comes to motor vehicle accidents. Because the state follows a No-Fault insurance model, motorists (except for motorcycle riders) must carry personal injury protection (PIP) coverage.
After a crash, PIP pays for medical expenses, a portion of your lost income, and replacement services up to your policy limit, regardless of liability for the collision. PIP does not provide for other economic losses or pay non-economic damages. Only after you exhaust your benefits can you seek compensation from an at-fault party, which may include awards not covered by PIP.
According to Mich. Comp. Laws Ann. § 500.3172, you may qualify for coverage under the Michigan Assigned Claims Plan (MACP) if you do not have access to PIP. Our Wyoming personal injury lawyers can tell you more, assist with your insurance claims, and determine if you can step outside the No-Fault system to pursue compensation from a liable party.
Call Christensen Law at 248-900-9000 for a no-cost, no-obligation consultation.
Liability for Your Personal Injury Damages in Wyoming, MI
Responsibility for your damages will depend on the type of accident that caused your personal injury and the circumstances that led to it. Potentially liable parties may include the following:
- A passenger vehicle operator
- A commercial truck driver
- An at-fault party’s employer
- A property owner or manager
- A government entity
- A construction site supervisor, contractor, or subcontractor
What If You Are Partially At Fault for an Accident in Wyoming, MI?
Sometimes, an injured party also shares responsibility for the accident. When this happens, your claim for compensation is subject to Michigan’s comparative fault laws, outlined in Mich. Comp. Laws Ann. § 600.2959.
According to the statute, any percentage of fault assigned to you will reduce your economic awards by that amount. For example, if you have $100,000 in economic damages but share 20 percent liability, you will collect $80,000. Any degree of fault above 50 percent bars you from recovering non-economic losses.
Because of this law, insurance agents and opposing attorneys will often look to place blame on you to reduce their client’s financial responsibility. Our accident attorneys will stand up to these allegations and defend your right to recover the maximum compensation possible.
How to Prove Negligence in a Personal Injury Case
To secure compensation, you must prove that another party’s careless, reckless, or wrongful actions caused your accident and resulting losses. Our Wyoming personal injury attorneys will do this by establishing the four elements of negligence:
- Duty of care. The duty of care is an individual or entity’s legal obligation to act in a manner that avoids harming others. For example, drivers have a duty of care to follow traffic laws and avoid dangerous behaviors like drinking and driving. Property owners have a duty of care to maintain their premises.
- Breach of duty. An individual or entity breaches the duty of care when they intentionally harm another person or fail to act in a manner most others in their position would find reasonable. A breach of duty can also be a failure to act when necessary.
- Causation. Causation links a liable party’s breach of duty to your accident and injuries. Our lawyers will prove causation using evidence, which may include police reports, medical records, eyewitness accounts, and expert testimony.
- Damages. Damages prove that your accident led to financial losses and pain and suffering. Our lawyers will show this using bills, receipts, pay stubs, invoices, and estimates.
What Is Michigan’s Personal Injury Statute of Limitations?
The statute of limitations for most personal injury and wrongful death cases is three years, according to Michigan Compiled Laws § 600.5805. However, you may have less time if your case is against a government employee or entity. In addition, if you must sue to recover a fair PIP settlement, you have one year to do so under Michigan Compiled Laws § 500.3145.
Contacting our firm as soon as possible after your accident will give us the best chance to collect evidence before it gets lost and to interview witnesses before their memories fade. It also allows us the longest window of time to build your case and negotiate for a fair settlement before taking legal action.
Call a Wyoming, MI, Personal Injury Lawyer With Christensen Law Today
At Christensen Law, we strive to be a voice for the unheard. Our Wyoming personal injury attorneys are here to listen to you and respond to your legal needs. We will stand by your side as your advocate and ally as we fight for the awards you need to get back on your feet.
When you work with our compassionate legal team, you can rest assured that we will do everything possible to protect you and your financial future. Because we never want cost to be a barrier to seeking economic justice, we take cases on a contingency fee basis, meaning we only collect attorney fees if and when we obtain compensation for you. Call us today at 248-900-9000 for a free consultation.